Me and Rolly Maloo
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Would you cheat to be popular?

Rolly Maloo is the most popular girl in school. Jenna would love to be her friend. So when Rolly asks Jenna to help cheat on a test, Jenna agrees—and gets caught. Should she tell on Rolly Maloo? Would you?

Janet Wong thoughtfully explores the issues of cheating, popularity, and integrity in this uniquely illustrated novel, which combines a trad...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Charlesbridge
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Laura
Janet Wong has written a fun graphic novel hybrid about a bunch of fourth graders. Jenna Lee is considered 'odd' and has a hard time making friends, especially with the cool girls in fourth grade. Once school starts, Molly wants Jenna to help her out on a beginning of the year math test. Their caring and independently-minded teacher, Mrs. Pie, catches a note and works diligently to get to the bottom of the whole cheating scandal. The moms also get caught up in finding out who cheated and making...more
Sandra Stiles
I sat reading part of this book to my husband this morning when he finally got up. I told him that no book this simple should bring up such strong emotions in me, but it did. Let me start by saying it struck a nerve with me because I am a 6th grade teacher. I see bullying and unfair treatment of teachers and unfair parents all the time.
Jenna is a poor girl who wears second hand clothes, Molly and Patsy are the two popular girls whose mothers are in charge of the PTO. The district test is coming...more
Chris
I’m trying to decide how I feel about this book; trying to understand my reaction. It’s a mix of things, which makes sense, because the book is a hybrid in a number of ways. It’s about half text and half graphic novel. Half focused directly on Jenna Lee, the “Me” of the title, and half on the other characters. A little more than half of the book’s attention is devoted to the kids involved in the story, but plenty is spared for the adults. It’s technically about cheating on a test, but it’s also...more
Laura Mcclanahan
Genre- Post Modern Picture Books

Jenny Lee is a smart girl who is just a little bit odd. She and her mom do not have a lot of money, she is not popular, and she loves math. The popular, smart and pretty girl asks Jenny to help her cheat on a math test, and all of Jenny's ideals and morals are put to the test. Wong writes with the innocence of an elementary school child, but with the wisdom of a veteran parent. She perfectly captures the increasing pressures placed on children at a young age to pe...more
Nora
I should give it five stars just for the current topic it introduced: helicopter, gossiping parents! This book takes one (pretty minor) event of cheating at school and traces how it gets blown out of proportion by gossip. The gossipers? Students AND their parents. The book is the first I've read that portrays helicopter parents who discuss every small event in their child's day and then pass it along without bothering to check for accuracy. Of course every parent doesn't act like parents in this...more
Judi Paradis
Bullying is in the news a lot these days, and this is a book that handles the topic well. Jenna is a math whiz, but not popular. Rolly Maloo is very popular, but needs help to pass her math whiz. Rolly and her best friend get Jenna to give them answers on a test, and then leave her to take all the blame when cheating is discovered. Worse, Rolly and her friends' moms start rumors about Jenna and her friends to make them seem like awful people, which they are not. I was interested to see how cheat...more
Kim Burean
This book is interesting because it is written from the point of view of the main character, Jenna, but it uses speech and thought bubbles to give other characters' perspectives. Jenna is a math whiz and when the most popular girl in school throws her a note asking for an answer on a test, Jenna is torn as to what to do.

The style of this book allows the reader to experience the 'behind the scenes' action of the book. It also exposes the socio-economic prejudices held by some parents. It had a pr...more
Donna
This book was definitely intended to offer a discussion of the ethics of cheating in a more hip-and-now partially graphic novel format. However, it just does not jump past educational into interesting. Some of the characters strain to be more than their stereotypical depictions (heart-of-gold smart but poor girl, self-involved rich girls). However, the occasional switch to comic book format almost seems to work against that because it reduces their depiction to a very condensed and brief present...more
Janet Frost
This book was highly reviewed and I bought it because I thought it might be a good read-aloud for my fourth-grade class. I was surprised to find that it was partially a graphic novel which made it more difficult. This was a story about cheating on a test and compromising one's integrity for popularity. I am not sure about the graphic novel format. I know the kids love it but I find it hard to follow.
Franki Sibberson
I thought this was a great book with so many issues to talk about. I think Janet Wong did an amazing job of capturing the feelings and motivations of so many characters. A great book for middle grade readers. It would make a good read aloud but the parts that are more graphic might be hard to share. Definitely a great one for book clubs.
Julie Johnson
I met Janet Wong at NCTE when she signed this book for me. Jenna has to decide if she should help Rolly (the most popular girl in the class) on the math test. This book has a lot to talk about...hard decisions about whether or not to cheat, gossiping mothers, good friends, and being true to yourself.
Tracie
Blend of traditional text and graphic novel, this book seemed realistic as I remember my school days. A smart but poor girl is pressured to cheat by a richer and popular classmate. I enjoyed hearing from the many different voices throughout this quick read.
Janssen
This was SUCH a typical "problem novel." Lying/rumors/cheating/cliques/poverty is a lot to jam into a 128 pages, especially when a third of those pages are pictures.

Adding in some graphic novel type images doesn't make it new or fresh.

Betsy
One Sentence Review: While it does bring up some interesting questions about ethics in the lives of everyday kids, the villains here are more two-dimensional thank I would have liked.
Lori
Would be interesting to read aloud to grades 3-4. Handles issue of cheating with honesty and discomfort. Well written.
Gesse
Saved from being overly didactic by the strong narrative voice and illustrations. Made me want pie like whoa.
Jane
I enjoyed this book about school and friends and what to do when someone wants to use you cheat.
Melissa
Talk about snitty mothers and classroom politics. But I was curious how it ended.
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Janet S. Wong was born in Los Angeles, and grew up in Southern and Northern California. As part of her undergraduate program at UCLA, she spent her junior year in France, studying art history at the Université de Bordeaux. When she returned from France, Janet founded the UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project, a program focused on teaching refugee children to express themselves through art.

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